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Fairball - November 2011

Little League Baseball Softball Umpire e-Newsletter

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Volume 18 - Issue No. 3
November 2011 

2012 Umpire Schools/Clinics

Eastern Region 
Bristol, CT  

Feb 11-12 Umpire Clinic
Mar 21-25 Umpire School
Mar 28-Apr 1  Umpire School
Sept 19-23 Umpire School

Southeastern Region
Warner Robins, GA 

Feb 24-26  Umpire Mechanics Clinic

Central Region 
Indianapolis, IN 

Jan 21-22 Umpire Clinic
Apr 14-19 Umpire School 
Southwest Region  
Waco, TX


Jan 27-28 Umpire Clinic
Western Region
San Bernardino, CA 
Jan 20-22  - Umpire Mechanics Clinic
Feb 11-17 Umpire School 
Feb  18-24  Umpire School

International Headquarters
Williamsport, Pa


Mar 24-25  Umpire Clinic
Apr 15-20 Umpire School
Sept 15-16 Umpire Clinic

As you can see there is still an opportunity for you to improve your umpiring. Why not make plans to attend the school?

Contact your Regional Headquarters for more information


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Welcome to November's
"Fairball" e-Newsletter

As we move forward with the new Fairball newsletter, how are we doing? What can we do to help you as a volunteer umpire? What would you like to see included in the newsletter? Let us know and we will see if we can accommodate you and make the newsletter bigger and better. Send your comments and/or recommendations to: fairball@LittleLeague.org.

This newsletter will only be as good as you make it.

Are You Solid at the Plate?

Every umpire at every level strives to be a better plate umpire tomorrow than they are today. Given this truism, let’s talk about some tips that may help improve your performance.

Read more here.

Fairball Umpire Myth

One myth of baseball that we need to revisit and correct is the notion that unless you were a .300 hitter in high school and college, you cannot be a good umpire.

Read more here.

What Can I Expect If I Attend Umpire School?

As Lead Instructor at the Little League Umpire School conducted at Little League International in South Williamsport, I am often forwarded e-mails or asked: What Can I expect at Umpire School; and the follow-up: “Is it worth my time, effort and money to attend?”

Read more here. 

Becoming an Umpire

Some fifteen years ago, I had a life-altering experience – I signed up to become a Little League umpire.

Read more here.

Stump the Ump

This month we will be doing something a little different. The Fairball newsletter would like it’s readers to submit questions that you would like to have answered and we will put them in an upcoming edition of the Fairball newsletter. Please submit your questions to: fairball@LittleLeague.org . Thank you and keep reading!

Registry Members-Only Section Added to Umpire Site

60Ft ManualLittle League Umpire Registry members CAN access a registry members-only section of the website. The members-only section is located under the umpire’s link.

Currently on the members page are downloads of the 2010 Rules Instruction Manual as well as the 60- and 90-foot Field Mechanics Manuals. 90Ft Manual

Little League International plans on providing additional training opportunities in the months to come through presentations and articles specifically related to umpiring. 

Please send an e-mail to fairball@littleleague.org and suggest training topics you believe would benefit Little League Umpire Registry members.

Official Communications

Thinking about conducting an umpire clinic for your district or league? Want to brush up on rules and mechanics for your own information? There are now videos available to help you with those training or brush-up sessions. “Rules Made Easy” with a workbook, “See A Balk, Call a Balk,” “Basic Umpire and the Two Umpire System," "60’ Diamond Mechanics”, “Behind the Plate with John McSherry” and for your scorekeepers clinic, “How to Keep Score in Baseball & Softball”, Interested? Call Al Kaplon: 805-496-8123. Or mail your order in to: Official Communications, 2899 Agoura Rd #172, Westlake Village, CA  91361. You can also order On-line at: www.videoump.com .
These are outstanding videos and should be in every umpire’s library. Al and his videos are licensed with Little League Baseball, Inc. Give Al a call and add these videos to your library. Al’s videos also are available through the Little League Baseball Order Department at 570-326-1921, ext. 361 or 362.

Thinking about some new equipment for the 2010 season? Need a new chest protect or shin guards? Thinking about changing to a different colored shirt for next season? 


Honig’s continues to offer a complete line of Little League Umpire shirts, tee shirts, jackets, mock turtleneck shirts, etc. Give Honig’s a call to help that special someone prepare for the coming season. For more information, current catalogs contact Honig’s at: 800-468-3284, or www.honigs.com .
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